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andy5ive,

Are you thinking new or used? I have been out and it makes a super bay boat. Can be wet when the wind is up. It was a toss up for me while searching between Mako, Proline and Grady in the 17' size. I picked Proline and am very happy since it has high sides and a deeper V. The 17' Grady is hard to find but very well built with lots of gizmos standard.

Depending what your going to use it for is the key.

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Hi,

Prolines are very solid. I take mine 17 miles offshore every day I fish. 2-3' seas, no problem.

Attached is a pic of my 87 fishing machine. If I had a choice on new power, I would look at one of the 4 stroke motors. My older 6 cylinder merc runs great.

Notice the bow design. Other 17' boats don't have the depth inside or the dry hull wt.

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Snapper

Thanks. They made that V I think from 86-88.

In a few hours I will be loading up some cod rods and a giant tuna outfit and head about 20 miles SE of NH to Southern Jefferies Ledge. The haddock are biting and I will bring some macks just in case a few Giants moving south happen to pass by. The weather looks super (big high pressure and light winds finally).

All on 20 gallons of gas.

Got to come down to the island in a few weeks and get in my blackfish at 11b.

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Scalawag,

I really couldn't give you an honest answer since the only time I was aboard a new 17' proline was at the boat shows. I was pretty impressed. The dry wt of just the hull is a little heavier then mine and is still much heavier then the other brands (around 1500 lbs). I know that the new ones are all glass construction which should be better down the road. If I had the cash, I would buy new. A few years ago I think the 17s went for around 16,000 +/- 1k (boat, motor 90merc and trail). I would upgrade to a 130 hp and you will really fly. My boat with no load and the 87 inline 6 90 hp goes around 30kts and I cruise nicely at 24 kts.

I don't like the new consuls much with the scooped out bottom. Mine is rectangular and I have a lot of stowage underneath.

It is what I think the perfect boat for one or two anglers for the bay, sound or ocean on a decent day.

Hope this helps

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Scalawag,

Here is a nice shot which shows how it floats with a few cod in the cooler, on the line, and on the gaff.

Capt. Marc

PS thanks Moodyblues for the shot!



This message was edited by Capt. Marc on 11-22-01 @ 5:06 PM
 
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